An eleven-game winning streak, complete with a 64-51 win over Rutgers Saturday, has vaulted Georgetown to the top of the Big East standings as the season enters its final week. The Hoyas (13-3) hold a one-game edge over Louisville and Marquette (each 12-4) with two games left to play. Georgetown closes the season with a difficult trip to Villanova Wednesday, followed by a home game against longtime rival Syracuse Saturday.
Louisville, recovered from a midseason slump that included a loss to Georgetown, remain in the hunt. The Cardinals finish their regular season with home games against Cincinnati and Notre Dame. Marquette, also one game back, travel to St. John's and Rutgers to end the season.
The most important race may be for fourth place, as the top four seeds in the Big East Tournament receive byes through the first two rounds. Notre Dame, Pittsburgh, and Syracuse all sit at 10-6 in the conference and 22-7 overall. Pitt holds the easiest remaining schedule of those three teams, with a home game against Villanova and a trip to lowly DePaul left for the Panthers. Both Notre Dame and Syracuse face road games against one of the conference's top three teams.
Connecticut and Villanova, both 9-7 in conference play, are tied for seventh in the Big East. UConn is serving a postseason ban and is ineligible for the conference tournament. Providence, St. John's, and Cincinnati are tied at 8-8 in conference games, good for ninth in the standings.
Rutgers (4-12), Seton Hall (3-13), DePaul (2-13), and South Florida (1-14) close out the standings. They are playing for seeding in Tuesday's first round games; all other teams will receive a bye to Wednesday.
The Big East tournament will start Tuesday, March 12 at Madison Square Garden. The final will be played Saturday, March 16 on ESPN.
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